Tag: urban haute bourgeoisie

From the G&L Library: The Georgetown Set

The original M Street yuppies… n the autumn of 1945, with the United States and the world at peace for the first time in half a decade, the most sought-after and exclusive invitation was to one of Joe Alsop’s Sunday…

An Ode to the White Handkerchief

A man can never have too many… When I was a boy in my first blue blazer, I inherited my father’s habit of wearing a pocket square. By the time I entered college, the simple piece of cloth—arranged with devil-may-care…

The Squeeze on the Middlebrow

A Resurgence in Inequality and Its Effects on Culture… “Capital in the 21st Century,” by the French economist Thomas Piketty, has become this year’s most unlikely best seller, a crossover from the world of scholarship into general public discussion of a…

At Home with Michelle Smith

Charming New York apartment; could use a bigger bar… Interior design was always part of the plan for Michelle Smith—the native Southerner jokes that she grew up in a Home Depot because her mom was always renovating houses—but she kicked…

Letter from the Editor: High-Brow Low-Brow

Enduring style and character from 1949… As was in the past, so is the present. Neatly categorizing the tastes of the American social strata, the chart below was compiled by Russel Lynes, Editor of Harper’s Magazine in 1949.  Lynes prodigiously…

Macarons & Mimosas

Quite the party… This weekend I decided to host a little blogger gathering for some NYC gals! It was a great chance for me to meet some of my favorites that I stalk from afar (creepy) and to catch up…

Is The Official Preppy Handbook Satire?

Muffy’s friends seem to think so… This weekend the enduring authority on Prep and preppiness, Muffy Aldrich, asked, Is The Official Preppy Handbook Satire?  She notes that, “For some, it was “of its time”, for others, it was timeless… To…